Ceramic vase and tea box.
Playing With Clay
This summer, I took a Raku class taught by master ceramicist, excellent teacher, and all-around wonderful guy, Peter Syak. Not only did the hours fly by, the women I took the class with were great company. I was inspired by them, and by the talented students I take ceramics class with year-round. We learn from each other.
Pottery has given me a way to turn off stress, even if it’s just for a few hours a week. And I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.
Since I took this class last summer and know how beautiful the glazes are, this spring I threw a bunch of clay pots with Raku clay at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.
Do you know what we potters call ourselves? ADDICTED! I’m pretty sure someone in our class wears a T-shirt that reads, “I’m a POT-head.”
To find out more about the Raku process, click on these links:
Red Hot Raku (Part 1)
Raku Reaction (Part 2)
Cool Results From Hot Pots (Part 3)
Hon, what do you do to turn off stress?
Raku Kiln. Our pieces were fired at about 1,750 degrees F.
Lace-patterned ceramic vase.
Shallow bowl and darted dish.
Small bowls with appliques and a tea light vessel.
Three different pots.